This summer my boyfriend and I travelled around Europe for a month, it was the last long summer holidays we were going to get together so we wanted to make the most of it. We first had the idea to go inter-railing and buy the pass but when we looked into where in Europe we wanted to go we decided it would be cheaper to just pay for the travelling as we went around. We really wanted to go to Eastern Europe and the Balkans and we had heard it was very cheap to travel here and that there wasn't a very good rail system and in the end we were so glad that we hadn't forked out for the pass.
Because we were starting in Prague which was quite far across Europe we chose to fly there in order to save time. So we arrived at the airport in Prague, I had previously researched that we needed to take the 119 bus to the metro station and then travel one stop on the metro. Unfortunately when we arrived we had no idea what the exchange rate was and no idea where our hostel was from the metro station. So there we were at the airport with no money and no clue where to go, we managed to find some people who knew a bit more and they told us how much a bus ticket was. Once we got off the tube we wandered around for a bit looking for our hostel, it was midnight at this point and we had no idea where we were so we did the only thing we could think of…… we went to McDonalds to get some food and more importantly free WiFi. Yes we are ashamed that the first food we bought in Europe was a Big Mac meal but we were desperate.
After we found our hostel and got ourselves settled we made a PoA for the next day. When we woke up we walked into the main square and went on a free walking tour. If you ever visit a big city abroad I would fully recommend going on a walking tour, our one lasted two and a half hours and was lead in English by a local. She was a great tour guide and I learnt so much about the city, at the end of the tour you could give a tip, we felt that she had done a great job and we gave what we could afford. The tour meant that we had a good idea of the layout of the city and where any sites were that we wanted to go visit and spend some more time at. One of the highlights for me was the Astronomical clock it looked so amazing and was so cool even if I had no idea how to read it.
Prague is such a beautiful city and looks like something out of a fairy tale, we climbed up the clock tower and got to see a beautiful panoramic view over all of Prague. On the second day we went to the castle, we made sure that we were there for 12:00 as we had heard there was a changing of the guard ceremony that we didn't want to miss. The ceremony was great to watch and we were so glad we caught it, after we had explored the castle we climbed up to a park. It was kind of like Hyde Park in London and we had a bit of a lie down in the sun and took in the scenery.
|Hanging Man Sculpture|
|View from the Clock Tower|
|Me on the King Charles Bridge|
|View from the Castle|
|King Charles Bridge|
Overall I loved Prague, the city itself was so beautiful and there was some delicious food and beer. I would definitely recommend Czech Goulash and I know my boyfriend enjoyed all the beer and there was some scrumptious local sweet pastry that I couldn't keep away from.
Have any of you been to Prague?
My next post will be coming soon and will be on Budapest which was perhaps my favourite place on the whole trip.
If anyone wants any advice or tips on travelling around Europe, please feel free to email me as I know there are a lot of things I wish I had known before I went.
Lots of Love